Algerian Hostage Raid Over —Casualties Still Unclear

Government confirms some hostages are dead

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 17, 2013 3:39 PM CST

(Newser) – Algeria says its mission to free about 40 foreign hostages—including Americans—is now over, but there's still no clear information about how many of the captives survived, reports AP. The Algerian government confirms that some hostages were killed in the raid on a gas facility in the desert, though an earlier report of 35 hostages dead has not been confirmed.

“The operation resulted in the neutralization of a large number of terrorists and the liberation of a considerable number of hostages,” said a government spokesman on national radio. “Unfortunately, we deplore also the death of some, as well as some who were wounded. We do not have final numbers.” Reuters is offering updates here.

This undated image the Amenas natural gas field in Algeria, where the hostages were taken.
This undated image the Amenas natural gas field in Algeria, where the hostages were taken.   (AP Photo/BP)
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